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Au Verbs

At times, Au’s Verbs can be a calm meditation; other times, a jubilant parade through Portland, OR. Luke Wyland, the multi-instrumentalist behind the experimental folk-pop band, casts various PDX artists to help flesh out the swirling sounds on his second studio album. Included on the roster is Becky Dawson of Ah Holly Fam’ly, who lends her operatic vocals to the upbeat, hand clap-driven pop jam “rr vs. d.” “Are Animals” explodes into carnival mayhem after the two-and-a-half-minute vocal chorus build-up of “All My Friends”; more than 20 people clap furiously and howl gibberish while Dawson’s voice floats gracefully above it. The star, though, is bandleader Wyland, whose instrumental talents and knack for collaborations make this album worthwhile.

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